Tuesday's to approve redistricting in Nassau County will affect both Wantagh and Seaford.
Nassau Republicans pushed forward with their plan to redistrict the county by passing an amended map that Democrats argue is gerrymandering. The legislation was approved 10-8 earlier today.
The amended redistricting puts most of Seaford and the Jones Beach area of Wantagh into District 4, which is overseen by Legis. Denise Ford, R-Long Beach. Most of Wantagh and North Wantagh would fall into District 15, which is represented by Legis. Dennis Dunne, R-Levittown.
Part of Wantagh is currently covered by Legis. Dave Denenberg, D-Merrick. Denenberg and other Democratic leaders expressed frustration with today’s voting and argue that the legislation is going to end up costing taxpayers.
“The Republican leadership has taken partisan politics too far," said Denenberg. "The Bellmore and Merrick communities will be divided into two districts. Their decision to move the plan forward is illegal and costing taxpayers millions of dollars. As I’ve stated in the past, wasting taxpayers money is never acceptable.”
Dunne was not immediately available for comment.
Republicans had tabled the proposed redistricting last week after a New York State Supreme Court judge issued a temporary restraining order on the process, but an appeals court judge stayed the order, allowing the legislature to move forward.